Kenya wins 2013 Cecafa Cup Champions

Kenya wins 2013 Cecafa Cup Champions

Harambe stars beat Sudan in the finals to lift the GOtv trophy Thursday evening

Final, Thursday

Kenya 2-0 Sudan

Bronze position

Zambia 1-1 Tanzania

**Zambia wins 6-5 on spot kicks

KENYA’S Harambee Stars lifted the 2013 GoTv Cecafa Challenge Cup after snatching a 2-0 win over Sudan on Thursday at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

Kenya snatched the much-earned victory courtesy of skipper Allan Wanga who proved the nation’s hero as he bagged a brace to end a long trophy drought which dates way back in 2002 when they beat hosts Tanzania 3-2 in Dar es Salaam.

The victory came at a time when Kenya celebrated 50 years of independence from British rule. It was also the first piece of silverware for Coach Adel Amrouche since he took over in February.

Wanga, the AFC Leopards forward, started his scoring mission against Sudan in the 35th minute when he nodded in a well taken David Owino cross to give the Sudan goalkeeper Abdelrahman Ali no chance.

Sudan, and the tournament’s top scorer Ibrahim Salah, continued to torment the Kenyan defence, but to no avail. Cheered on by the home fans, Wanga made it 2-0 in the 69th minute with a good ground shot.

Speaking to Supersport after the final, Wanga said, “I am so happy to score three goals in the tournament and lead Harambee Stars to victory”

It had taken Kenya 30 years to win the Cecafa trophy on their home soil, a point Kenya’s coach was well aware of.

Earlier, Zambia clinched third place after their goalkeeper Joshua Titima saved three penalties to hand the Chipolopolo a 6-5 shootout win over Tanzania. The game was tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

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